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May 26, 2017. Secretary of State, Pietro Parolin, wrote a letter to His Excellency Abdel Fattah Al Sisi after the bus attack Friday in Cairo, which left close to 30 Coptic Christians dead, including children, and many others injured.
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Pope sends condolences to Manchester after attack

May 23, 2017. After the deadly terrorist attack at Victoria Station in Manchester, England, the pope has sent his condolences to the victims and their families.

Giuseppe Bertello: a diplomat and only Italian in Pope's commission of Cardinals

2013-09-28

Cardinal Giuseppe Bertello is one of eight prelates that make up the special commission Pope Francis appointed to help with reforming the Curia.


He has more than 40 years working of diplomatic experience with the Holy See. Though he's European, he knows Latin America well, and the importance the region has for the Church. He served as nuncio to Mexico for nearly seven of those years.

CARD. GIUSEPPE BERTELLO
"I think the world is well aware of the place Mexico has within the heart of the Church.”

Bertello also served as a diplomat in Italy, and in Rwanda during the genocide. After that brutal war, he was recognized for his efforts to build peace in the African country.

On October 1, the first day of meetings with the Pope and the other Cardinal, he will turn 71.

Giuseppe Bertello is the current president of the Vatican City State Governorate, the department that oversees the day to day administration and logistics of the world's smallest country.

Benedict XVI made him Cardinal on February 18, 2012. He also serves as member of the Congregation for Bishops, the Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples, and the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace.

 
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